I feel a little bit guilty because I never posted a proper disco ballad. Please enjoy this beautiful song by American singer Phyllis Nelson. After working and recording on several disco records in the late 70’s she written and recorded this song in 1984. It was her biggest hit. Produced by Yves Dessca and mixed by Jon Glass.
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer (New Mix) (Discogs)
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album “The Crossing” selling over 2 million copies and driving the record to 3 Grammy nominations in the USA. The second album “Steeltown” debuted at number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles “Ease Of Eden”, “Where The Rose Is Sown” and “Just A Shadow“. Both albums were produced by English Steve Lillywhite. If you care, here you can hear directly from him some talkings about the making of the first album.
Big Country – Just A Shadow (Extended Remix) (Discogs)
In 1985, Mick Jagger released his first solo album “She’s The Boss”. It was produced by Jagger himself with Bill Laswell and Nile Rodgers and included an incredible (and endless) list of guests: Pete Townshend, Sly & Robbie, Bernard Edwards, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock and Michael Shrieve. Just to name a few. To promote the album, Jagger made videos with Julien Temple for five of his album’s nine songs and later the footage became the (bad) homemovie “Running Out Of Luck“: which featured Mick as the main actor and Dennis Hopper, Rae Dawn Chong and Jerry Hall as co-starrings. “Lucky In Love” was the second single from the album, with guests Jeff Beck on guitar, Wally Badarou on Keyboards, Guy Fletcher and Herbie Hancock at the synthesizers. Extended remix by François Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain.
Mick Jagger – Lucky In Love (Extended Version) (Discogs)
“Tell I’m Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)” is a song by Jermaine Jackson featuring his younger brother Micheal. It’s taken from his ’85 self-titled album: a track that was never officially released as a single because of legal difficulties between Michael’s label, Epic, and Jermaine’s label, Arista. The song did receive anyway a lot of airplay and it was nominated for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” at the Grammy Awards. This 12” version is remixed by Steve Algozino for his Hot Tracks Music Service.
Jermaine Jackson – Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Hot Tracks Remix) (Discogs)
In 1980 Malcom McLaren persuaded the Ants of “Adam & The Ants” to leave Adam and form their own band: Bow Wow Wow. Guitarist Matthew Ashman, drummer David Barbarossa and bassist Leigh Gorman took 6 months of auditions to find the 14 years old singer Annabella Lwin. “I Want Candy” is probably their biggest hit, originally recorded in 1965 by the Strangeloves, this song perfectly sums up the great sound of Bow Wow Wow: beautiful afro percussions, a stylish bass and the energy of Annabella vocals are the main elements of this cover. The song is remixed by NY’ DJs Mark Kamins and Ivan Ivan.
Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy (12” Remix) (Discogs)
A big favorite. I honestly prefer the later 1988 Bob Clearmountain remix over the original 1986 version. But, the original instrumental version I think is the real deal: where you can hear in full glory the dream team behind this track: Bill Laswell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tony Williams, L. Shankar, Steve Vai and of course John Lydon.
Public Image Ltd. – Rise (Instrumental) (Discogs)
It’s all about the guitar of Paul Reynolds and the haircut of Mike Score. The first element was the magic, the second was the ruin for the British band A Flock Of Seagulls. I know the 80’s was a bad period for fashion but do you really remember his hair cut? “Space Age Love Song” is a personal guilty pleasure, and in case you didn’t get it, it’s all about the sound of the guitar of Paul Reynolds.
A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song (Extended) (Discogs)